Live Jazz: Chick Corea and Gary Burton at Royce Hall

By Michael Katz Chick Corea and Gary Burton are two exquisite musicians, who in their duets have found a way to channel their talents into a performance both unified by their sensibilities and singular in their contributions. Saturday night, in a UCLA Live presentation before an appreciative audience at Royce Hall, they brought out some… Read More Live Jazz: Chick Corea and Gary Burton at Royce Hall

Live Music: Richard Thompson’s “Cabaret of Souls” at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Richard Thompson gave a memorable performance of his folk oratorio Cabaret of Souls in a UCLA Live concert at Royce Hall on Friday night.   Perhaps it was the tall stone walls and arches of the building, and perhaps it was the layers of costuming on everyone working at the venue, but as… Read More Live Music: Richard Thompson’s “Cabaret of Souls” at Royce Hall

Live Classical Music: Richard Stoltzman, Menahem Pressler and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman Mozart and Brahms were on the bill at Royce Hall Saturday for a UCLA Live concert featuring pianist Menahem Pressler, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra.  For some listeners, this one included, Mozart and Brahms are not just nearly a century apart, they’re also at opposite ends of… Read More Live Classical Music: Richard Stoltzman, Menahem Pressler and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra at Royce Hall

Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars at Royce Hall

By Michael Katz When I last saw the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars, they were opening the 52nd MJF before a raucous Friday night crowd, the hour allotted to them not nearly enough to hold all their collective talents. Seven months later, in the more restrained environment of UCLA’s Royce Hall, I caught up with them… Read More Live Jazz: The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars at Royce Hall